Guide How To Grow and Care for Philodendron Birkin

Guide How To Grow and Care for Philodendron Birkin -- Philodendrons are popular houseplants because of their pleasant image and large, glossy-green leaves. If you want to keep up-to-date go for the Philodendron 'Birkin'. The creamy white or yellow stripes on the green foliage of this rare variant of the hybrid Philodendron 'Rojo Congo' stand out.

Philodendron Birkin


It's a great plant for tiny areas since it grows slowly and compact, and it needs enough bright, indirect light to get eye-catching variegation. Philodendrons grow in a number of ways, including trailing and climbing, but philodendron Birkin is self-heading with a robust, upright, self-supporting stem, giving it a more tree-like look.

If you have children or dogs in the house, philodendron Birkin, like other philodendrons, should be kept out of reach. It is toxic to both humans and animals.

Plant Care


Philodendron Birkin, like all philodendrons, is popular as a beginner's houseplant since it requires little care. But it doesn't mean you should ignore them. To grow and display its stunning variegation, the philodendron Birkin still need the right levels of warmth, moisture, and bright, indirect light. Just don't be too attentive—overfertilization and overwatering aren't good for this plant. 

While they don't climb, a support pole for top-heavy plants may be useful, and you'll need to wipe down the leaves with something wet every few weeks to encourage variegation and maintain them glossy and healthy.



This slow-growing plant does not require much trimming. Simply remove any leaves that are damaged or past their prime so that all of the energy is directed to the healthy foliage.

Propagating by Stem Cutting


The Birkin, like most philodendrons, can be propagated by stem cuttings. To increase your chances of success, follow the procedures below:

1. Take a 4- to 5-inch stem cutting with four to six leaves with sharp, sterilized scissors or pruning shears.

2. Remove the bottom leaves to expose the nodes, leaving two or three leaves at the cutting's tip.

3. Submerge the nodes in water and cut in an area with bright, indirect light.

4. Change the water every few days.

5. You may add the cutting to soil after you observe little white roots developing that are about 1 inch long. This usually takes two to four weeks.

6. When planting in soil, use a moist, well-draining mix and keep the cutting in the same location where it receives bright, indirect light.

7. For the first several weeks, keep the soil wet but not overflowing.

Potting and Repotting


The Birkin is a slow-growing philodendron that does not require frequent repotting. Repotting to a planter one or two sizes larger every few years, on the other hand, provides an opportunity to refresh the potting mix. If you observe roots sprouting out of the pot drainage holes, it's time to replace it.

Fill the pot halfway with a new batch of aroid potting mix (aroid is the popular term for plants in the Aracaea family, which includes many houseplants). Fill up any gaps around the plant with the mix until it comes just below the rim of the container, carefully patting the soil down. After watering, return the plant to its original spot.

Common Problems


Leaves Turning Yellow: It's normal for older leaves near the plant's base to yellow and drop, creating space for younger, healthier growth above them. If you notice unnatural yellowing leaves on new growth or in big quantities, it's most likely due to overwatering or overfertilization.

Brown Tip: When the edges or tips of your plant's leaf begin to brown, it's a sign that you need to increase your watering routine or give more humidity. Browning leaves can also indicate that your plant gets too much direct, intense sunlight.


Curling Leaves: If the leaves start to curl, this might be an early warning that it isn't getting enough moisture. It's time to water if the top few inches of soil are dry. Also, don't overfeed your plant. Too much fertilizer might cause curling and browning of the leaves.

Dropping Leaves: These tropical plants prefer to be maintained constantly warm and dry. Dropping leaves is an indication that your Birkin needs to be moved to a warmer location.

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